Even as some well-known anti-gay groups like Focus on the Family moderate their views, a hard core of smaller groups, most of them religiously motivated, have continued to pump out demonizing propaganda aimed at homosexuals and other sexual minorities. Of the 18 groups profiled below, the Southern Poverty Law Center SPLC will be listing 13 next year as hate groups, reflecting further research into their views; those are each marked with an asterisk. Viewing homosexuality as unbiblical does not qualify organizations for listing as hate groups.
The legal drama over conservative Christian refusal to provide gay people with a printed or iced message has been seen as a political dispute between gay equality, on the one hand, and religious freedom or rights of expression on the other. This post argues for a different approach, focusing on the extent to which religious beliefs provide a legitimate ground for avoiding alienation. That people do work which is destructive, meaningless, insulting or exploitative should be of huge concern.
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One message is for Swift and her fans, the other is for the Christian community. The pop star's message, as described in her lyrics, is that people need to stop spewing hate. The majority of Christian denominations worldwide adhere to the Bible's stance on homosexuality and teach that while it's a sin, believers are commanded to love the sinner.
On Tuesday, voters in the state backed repealing a law allowing same-sex marriage that had passed the Legislature and signed by the governor. Focus on the Family also was involved in the fight in Washington State over a law expanding rights for gay couples through civil unions. Tom Minnery, senior vice president of Focus Action, the group's political arm, said it would have donated more were it not for Washington's campaign finance limits.
Because public discourse about the Bible has been dominated by the Christian Right for the last forty years, many folks are surprised that the Bible has anything positive to offer LGBTQ persons. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
Username and Password are required. Email is required. A Kentucky apparel decorating company and the imprinted T-shirts the business declined to print for a gay pride festival are at the center of a renewed court battle that pits arguments for freedom of conscience and religion against accusations of anti-LGBTQ discrimination.
A Christian-owned T-shirt company that refused an order because the intended message on the shirt would promote a gay pride event has been told that its actions were discriminatory. The Alliance Defending Freedom, which defended Hands On Originals in the case, said the ruling would result in printers having to take orders from groups like the Westboro Baptist Church or those with messages they disagreed with. ADF senior legal counsel Jim Campbell said company owner Blaine Adamson did not turn down the order because of any characteristic of the people who placed it but "because of the message that the shirts would communicate".
A court ruled a Kentucky company owned by Christians had the right not to print gay pride T-shirts. A Kentucky court has ended a three year legal battle over LGBT rights by ruling in favor of a Christian-owned T-shirt company, declaring the business has the right not to print gay pride festival shirts. The trial court judge drew a legal distinction between a company choosing not to print T-shirts because of the sexual orientation of a potential customer and choosing not to fulfill the T-shirt order because of the message the Christian owners would be hired to print on those shirts. In response, the GLSO said in a statement posted on its website that the reversal was a disappointment.